The master of the caressing love song, Johnny Mathis’ tender, slightly husky voice could create a magical, private world of young love for his listeners, who have bought well over 350 million of his records worldwide. He has had an extraordinary 73 albums in the Billboard charts, making him their third biggest selling recording artist of the 20th century (behind only Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra). While there is no shortage of Mathis CDs, Retrospective’s Wonderful! Wonderful! is unique in offering a distillation of the vocal spell cast by Mathis in his 20s. Here are not only those distinctive hits – Misty, Chances Are, A Certain Smile, It’s Not For Me To Say and so on – but a glowing sequence of the finest evergreens from the great American Songbook in matchless interpretations. The 47 songs of Wonderful! Wonderful! tell a story of young love, expressed by the unique, peerless voice of Johnny Mathis in his youthful prime . . . pure vocal velvet.